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July 17th, 2017, 13:44
@GamePressure The first Witcher could have been a hack n'slash game according to Sebastian Zielinski, former head of CD Projekt Red.

Here’s a chance we don’t get often. Thanks to Sebastian Zielinski we played the 15-year-old demo of The Witcher game by CD Projekt RED that… had nothing in common with the RPG title eventually released in 2007. Would this game become a hit as well?


That’s right, folks, here’s yet another article about the history of The Witcher series. Today’s menu, however, is different. We go back 15 years, to the very beginnings of CD Projekt RED – and no, it’s not about some long-forgotten interviews or dusty old discoveries from the ancient depths of the Internet. Today, we are dealing with living history. Courtesy of Sebastian Zielinski, former head of CDPR, we were given a playable demo version of the first Witcher game, created shortly after the dev team was conceived, but long before it became the biggest Polish game developer, and one of the most notable ones in the world.

And once again, no, this is not the same build our fellow editors from the Polish website tvgry.pl presented some time ago along with Ryszard “Ryslaw” Chojnowski (you can watch it here in Polish). What we got our hands on is the 2003 version. What’s so different about it compared to the title that hit the shelves four years later? Almost everything. And did it also have the potential to become a worldwide hit? Well, about that…

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July 17th, 2017, 13:55
Old news. While the choice not to go grinder path could be taken as the genre savior, it's not so, Kickstarter appeared where storydriven products proved to have the audience.
The rest about making a game with love and not to leech $ with scamware business is history.
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July 17th, 2017, 17:47
Could have been fine - we'll never know. After all, Divine Divinity was isometric and all is well these many years later. Just keep the sex cards.
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July 17th, 2017, 19:16
Ugh… thank God they didn't take that route.
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July 17th, 2017, 21:39
From this perspective, looks pretty good. Witcher-ette, I mean.
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July 17th, 2017, 22:51
This was known, wasn't it? We saw the early builds before they went with a Geralt-centric plot.
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July 17th, 2017, 22:57
Yep old news as the video footage was shown a few years ago. I also remember reading PC Gamer when it covered the game before the switch to BioWare's Aurora engine.

In the end the switch was for the best as the Witcher was a success for CD Projekt.
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I want to play this version now!
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July 23rd, 2017, 17:28
Glad they made what they made, but I'd like to see the prototype available.
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